If I remarry, will my new husband have ownership rights in the house I will inherit from my mother?

May 3, 2004

From:  Anonymous
Date:  Thu, 29 Apr 2004

I live in California. I am a widow, soon to be remarried. My mother has chosen to bequeath to me the house I am living in, which she owns in a living trust. In the past year, I have met someone and we plan to be married soon. My mother says she will not leave the house to me because she is afraid my husband will get ownership rights in the home through the community property laws.

She says she will only leave the house to me if I promise never to marry again.

Any advice?


Date:  Fri, 30 Apr 2004


This is a legal question for which you need to consult with an attorney for proper advice.

Now I'm playing "Dear Abbey." Does your mother have a reason for disapproving of this marriage? If not, discuss with you attorney whether your mother has become incompetent. If she is not incompetent, she can do as she pleases with her property and you might have to make a choice.

Good luck!
Mike Gray

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